Don wanagas's trash talking(NOW, July 4-10) is absurd.
Don's concerned the city is trying to privatize union jobs. Who cares? Does NOW magazine guarantee Don's job for life? Probably not.
But since Don has unique skills and works hard, he'll probably find another. That's how the market works.
The unions representing city workers may not like the way the market works. They don't like the idea that maybe they'll have to brush up on their skills and work a little harder and find a new job -- like most people.
It mystifies me why Don is on their side.
Can you imagine if someone tried to mandate that union workers shop only at Holt's for their kids' clothes and at Pusateri's for their groceries?
They'd argue that they get more value for money by shopping at Wal-Mart and No Frills.
In the same way, all Torontonians will get better value for money by eliminating unions.
Nobody to blame but Mel
The current city workers' strike has only been extended and exacerbated by an individual who should never have had the opportunity to represent this great city in the first place -- one Mayor Mel Lastman.
The mayor has publicly incited Toronto residents to react negatively to striking workers.
The members of these unions have shown something unusual (and positive) in this type of labour dispute by helping people unload their garbage and offering to help clean up parks in our neighbourhoods.
This strike should and could end if there were true and fair negotiations.
Meanwhile, our mayor looks for photo opportunities and encourages tensions between the public and these workers.
Name withheld by request
Christie the pits
I remember when we first moved into the Christie Pits area. When I stepped onto the porch to take in the Toronto skyline, the park stretched out in every direction, the trees weaving through basketball courts, baseball diamonds and soccer fields. I could almost jump into the public pool, with its water slide and diving board, from where I stood.
Now the sweetest season is upon us, the pool has been drained and so has my spirit, since the garbage has come.
The reek has soaked the humid air, and the flies have started swarming in through the kitchen window. My neighbourhood is down in the dumps -- or is it the pits?
Whose ingenuity sparked the idea of making public parks the designated dumping sites?
Now that city workers are on strike, there should be plenty of empty city parking lots to dump on.
Keep your cat indoors
I live in a studio above a restaurant and came home to find not only my kitty but also a small dog dead next to a pile of garbage by my door.
While it's understandable that the city may be spraying the heaps to keep away insects, cat owners should be warned.
I contacted the Humane Society, only to be put off.
And while it is understandable that the city would use poison to keep rats and other vermin from garbage, there are many of us out here who feel an animal's life is every bit as important as a human's.
Strikers real losers
If the current city workers'strike is anything like the recent OPSEU strike, then the workers will lose, the public's health and safety will be jeopardized and the only non-losers will be the union brass.
Wayne C. Vance
Making nice with gays
Boy, what a familiar whine. scott MacPherson thinks Pride has been corrupted by corporate greed (NOW, July 4-10).
We've only been trying for 25 years to make advertisers notice that we've got disposable incomes.
Even now, when depictions of same-sex couples are used in ads, it makes the news. Alert the media, someone's being daring!
What struck me about the coverage of Pride this year was how it's been co-opted by anyone who's trying to clean up his own image. Really, a Pride reception given by the community's biggest fan, police Chief Julian Fantino? Puh-leeze.
Guess he took a page from our other honourary member, Mayor Mel. Make nice with the fags for a day and get your picture plastered all over. The press doesn't pick up the leather boys and drag queens any more. They're too clichéd. Let's send the photographer to another party of politicos rubbing shoulders with Zelda or attending MCC church services with community leaders.
That's Pride in 2002: reputation management.
Gays wanna be Italian
I think you'd better reassess who you're looking at when you assume hetero men are emulating gays and their fashion sense (NOW, June 27-July 3).
Nigel Lezama refers to pretty boys on College Street. May I point out that many of the well-dressed males along this strip are of Italian descent?
As a native of Hamilton, where Italians make up much of the population, I've seen since adolescence that men from this background possess an innate sense of style. And may I go so far as to say that it is gay men who take Italian couture (Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana) and claim it as their own?
Shirtless and confused
While out partying during recent Canada Day celebrations, I found myself walking along Yonge Street, where my friend and I happened on the Zanzibar.
Feeling mischievous, we decided to walk in and have a beer. In the heat wave gripping our city, I was shirtless.
Upon entering, I was told I would not be admitted without a shirt. I'm still trying to figure this one out. Here's a bar where women perform completely naked, and I'm not allowed in without a shirt?
Someone figure this one out for me, because I can't.
Brian K. Bailey
City's subtle exclusions
Re the masks we wear (now, july 4-10).
When I immigrated to Toronto from west Texas, I was pleased to see how integrated the city's neighbourhoods were. Two years later, I notice how much further Toronto needs to go.
Have my standards changed? Or have I begun to detect subtler forms of exclusion?
I am grateful for what multicultural signals there are from community radio and TV, and I live in the hope that they are the first steps toward encouraging younger people of colour into visible and non-traditional careers.
All for better tomatoes
I enjoyed ron graham's letter,which used a very elegant science-fictional citation to illustrate his opposition to genetic engineering (NOW, July 4-10).
But I will argue with his closing remark that "Most of humanity shouldn't be allowed to play with anything sharper than a rubber ball, and we want to play God?"
It's interesting to note that when the lightning rod was first invented, it was also widely condemned as playing God -- as in, "If God wants to destroy your house by hurling lightning at it, who are you to get in His way?"
Human beings today do a great many things that were once deemed to be beyond all human aspirations. I see no reason why we can't also make a better tomato. It's not that big a deal.
Lingering whiff of scandal
The scandal surrounding the
Liberal party's spending on advertising is no longer in the media spotlight, but questions remain.
With the House not in session, however, they can't be asked. And the auditor general is unable to conduct a review. Crown corporations such as Canada Post and trusts allocated $7 billion by the former finance minister are outside the auditor general's existing powers. She has requested that they be given to her. The government refuses.
The auditor general's initial review stated unequivocally that departmental officials had broken rules.
These same officials will now be in direct charge of allocating funding and reviewing how this system works.
The government talks of transparency. Why, then, is everything being done by those implicated in creating the problem in the first place?
MP, Calgary Centre
No Britney knock-off
I have to disagree with sarah
Liss's review of the Wham Bam Canada Day Jam (NOW, July 4-10).
Avril Lavigne was fantastic. (Just for the record, Lavigne is rock, not pop. To put her in the same genre as Britney Spears is downright insulting.)
Lavigne has her own sense of style (she's the only person I know who wears a tie for fun, not as part of a school uniform) and music, and that's why she has become so popular so quickly.
Beauty behind Merkury
I want to thank now writer
Sarah Liss and photographer Kathryn Gaitens for the lovely cover and story on Merkury Burn (NOW, June 27-July 3).
The band was elated to be represented so beautifully, and without a doubt we have been reaping the benefits of this special pleasure (a New Music/MuchMusic interview as well as a packed Pride showcase).
Merkury Burn, however, would love for you to acknowledge the fantastic talents of makeup artist Dorota Buczel, who we feel is equally responsible for the image portrayed in your magazine. In addition to the NOW cover, Dorota has been responsible for our appearance on our Rumours Of Our Death CD cover and our Dress You Up video.